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Daily Archives: March 19, 2014

Business & Politics

Toll rises as Vancouver port strike drags on

The Globe and Mail
March 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A strike crippling Canada’s largest port is taking a mounting toll on businesses, from surging costs and pending layoffs to warnings that the greatest hit will be to the country’s reputation. With imports and exports at Port Metro Vancouver at a crawl, some companies have notified workers of layoffs as the labour dispute with truckers enters its 22nd day. Other companies have found alternate export routes, though at a steep price.

Vancouver port strike hitting lumber shipments (video) from The Globe and Mail

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Quesnel mill puts through final board

Prince George Citizen
March 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The last board has been cut into lumber at Quesnel Sawmill. “With no planning, just by coincidence, the last one through was one of the best pine logs I’d seen in a long time, really clean wood,” said acting-manager Mark Zurek. That last strip of lumber was laid on the boardroom table at Canfor’s head office at the mill. It will be turned into a plaque that the forestry corporation will keep at their Vancouver headquarters as a human resources memorial to the 209 people who had jobs at the factory.

Mill closure tough blow to Quesnel from The Prince George Citizen

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‘Babine mill explosion inquiry needed’ says Dix

HQ Prince George
March 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Closure for families and ways to prevent future sawmill explosions are two reason the NDP wants a public inquiry in the Babine Sawmill explosion. That was the case being made by Leader Adrian Dix on Tuesday in Prince George saying events before and after the 2012 blast have shown the need for an inquiry. “The agencies involved continue to issue contradictory opinions about what happened,” says Dix, “and very significant issues, for every worker in the province flow from what happened, the terrible events that happened at Babine.”

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David Coon demands details of Irving forest deal be made public

Green Party leader says contract between J.D. Irving Ltd. is unprecedented
CBC News
March 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The leader of the Green Party in New Brunswick is calling for the public release of the contract the Alward government signed with J.D. Irving Ltd. to guarantee wood supply from Crown land. The forestry company holds a licence that authorizes it to cut timber on Queen-Charlotte-Fundy block of Crown land. …J.D. Irving Ltd. will receive 60 per cent of the increased allocation of 660,000 cubic metres of softwood, the legislature was told last week.

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Sawmills hunt for workers who can make the cut

Roseburg News Review
March 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

As sawmills have become more technologically driven, filling job positions has not been as easy as it was several decades ago. More training is needed to efficiently do some jobs. In some cases, engineering backgrounds, especially in electronics, are needed. Employees must be able to program computers that in turn direct machines, saws and robots to turn logs into wood products. To help find people for these skilled positions, Roseburg Forest Products is making a recruiting video.

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Idaho Forest Group to make cross-laminated timber

The Spokesman-Review
March 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

A super-strong engineered wood product popular in Europe is coming to America under a joint venture involving a Coeur d’Alene-based lumber producer. Idaho Forest Group, which operates five mills in North Idaho, will jump into cross-laminated timber, or CLT, in a partnership with the Johann Offner Group, a global manufacturing company headquartered in Wolfsberg, Austria. The family-owned companies together will market and distribute CLT building systems in the U.S. as soon as this year, said Marc Brinkmeyer, chairman of Idaho Forest Group.

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Lawmakers question motives behind state’s plan to raise timber-harvesting limits on public lands

BDN Maine
March 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine — Members of the Legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee on Tuesday questioned the motives behind the Bureau of Parks and Land’s intention to increase the limit for timber harvesting on public lands over the next two years. Will Harris, director of the bureau, delivered his annual report and the plan to increase timber harvesting to the committee Tuesday afternoon, just hours after Gov. Paul LePage announced a plan to use revenues from the program to fund conversions of Mainers’ heating systems away from oil. 

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Baileyville mill has provided Washington County a success to build on

BDN Maine
March 18, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

On March 12, Maine learned the good news that Washington County’s largest employer, Woodland Pulp, is expected to add 80 direct jobs as the result of a $120-million investment to install two tissue machines. Mainers should celebrate the announcement of the new machines, which are anticipated to begin operating in 2015 and 2016. It’s the largest recent investment on record at the mill in Baileyville, which employs 320 people; there was a $50 million improvement in the late 1990s and an $80 million one in 1989. 

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Kick start to forestry sector welcomed

Press Release: WWF
March 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

WWF welcomed the announcement today of Labour’s plan for developing New Zealand’s forestry industry. “A thriving forestry sector is crucial to developing a cleaner, greener New Zealand economy. This policy package will benefit both the environment and the economy, said WWF-New Zealand Head of Campaigns Peter Hardstaff. The Labour Party’s policy package, seeking an ‘economic upgrade’ for the forestry sector, includes tax incentives for new investment in processing and for research and development; an improved emissions trading scheme; a pro-wood government procurement policy as well as measures to improve health and safety in the industry.

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‘Crazy’ logging of green timber for China

The Flinders News
March 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

ForestrySA has been accused of putting timber industry jobs at risk by selling partly-burnt logs to China. The pine logs are from Wirrabara Forest which was almost wiped out by the month-long Bangor blaze in the Flinders Ranges. The Opposition fears 44 jobs at the Morgan Sawmill in Jamestown are threatened by an alleged lack of forward planning involved in the sale of the timber which is still green and would provide supplies for the sawmill into the future. “To cut down trees that are not dead is just crazy,” said Opposition forestry spokesman David Ridgway yesterday. 

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Forestry restructure threatens jobs

Port Macquarie News
March 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

IT is still unclear if jobs in the Hastings will be lost following a massive restructure of Forestry Corporation’s Hardwood Forests Division. The division has offices on the south coast, the western plains and the Mid-North Coast. The central region operates out of Wauchope, while the north east region is based at Coffs Harbour. But last month Forestry Corp informed staff of a restructure involving positions being relocated, as well as possible job losses. A Forestry Corp spokeswoman confirmed yesterday that the restructure is complete.

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New kiln fires up markets for pine

ABC News, Australia
March 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Branxholm sawmill in Tasmania’s north east is creating jobs, as other mills closer their doors. General manager Dale Jessup says CMTP Branxholm has added a drying kiln to its sawmill and box and pallet making business, to add value to green-sawn pine. The kiln and its installation cost $300,000 and it is being used to either kiln dry timber or to heat-treat pallets so they can be used in international shipping.  Dale Jessup says heating wood to 56 degrees C for 30 minutes eliminates the need to fumigate wood to destroy pathogens.

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Labour wants to go back to the 70s with NZ Economy

By the New Zealand Government
Scoop Independent News
March 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The Labour Party’s desire to turn the clock back to the 1970s is once again highlighted with their grab-bag of ideas for the forestry industry, says Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce. “Subsidised loans, expensive tax concessions, preferential treatment, and make-work schemes for young people are all a flashback to a time when governments decided which industries succeeded based solely on political whim rather than competitiveness,” Mr Joyce says. 

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Labour reveals ‘pro-wood’ forestry plan

New Zealand Herald
March 19, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Labour has dismissed suggestions its suite of policies intended to boost forestry and wood processing will make it mandatory for wood to be used in new buildings built by the Government and others. Leader David Cunliffe this morning unveiled a package at the Forestwood Conference this morning intended to assist the industry move from “volume to value” by increasing the amount of New Zealand logs processed into higher value products in this country.

Cunliffe: Forestry and Wood Products Economic Upgrade (speech from NZ Labour Party) from Scoop.co.nz

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

USDA Announces Partnership with WoodWorks to Advance the Use of Wood in Buildings

Supports Presidential Initiatives to Mitigate Climate Change and Create Rural Jobs
USDA Press Release
March 18, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today announced a $1 million program to be implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service in partnership with the Wood Products Council’s WoodWorks initiative, to provide training for architects, engineers and builders related to the use of advanced wood materials in U.S. buildings. The program supports both The President’s Climate Action Plan goal of preserving the role of forests in mitigating climate change and the objective of the recently-signed 2014 Farm Bill to create rural jobs.

White House Rural Council Workshop Announcements Support for Increased Use of Wood in Construction to Reduce Impact on the Environment and Grow Jobs from PR Newswire

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Green Building and Fire Safety Hazards

Buildings
March 18, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards? Researchers from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) are investigating the fire safety risks associated with green construction, thanks to a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The grant will support the three-year project aimed at identifying and reducing the potential for firefighter and occupant injuries and deaths that could be associated with hazards posed by green building elements. This research will begin to quantify the fire hazards and risks associated with green building features, identify ways to mitigate those hazards and risks, and prepare the fire service to fight fires in buildings with green features and elements. 

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WoodWorks Chicago Area Workshops Focus on Design for Durability

Woodworking Network
March 18, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

WASHINGTON DC – Woodworks – The Wood Products Council will host three workshops in the Chicago area with the theme: “Design for Durability: Performance and Preservation.” Woodworks, an industry advocacy group that advance the use of wood in construction and design, will be in Oak Brook, IL, on March 25, in Chicago on March 26, and in Schaumburg, IL, on March 27. A May 22 Chicago Wood Solutions Fair is scheduled for May 22 in Schaumburg, IL. At the Design for Durability workshops Kart Kardel of Kardel Consultancy will present “Detailing Best Practices: Air Barriers, Moisture Retarders and Windows.” 

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The small and the soaring take national timber design awards

Press Release: NZ Wood
March 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A tiny family bach at Otago’s Taieri River mouth and a stunning aquatic centre on Wellington’s Kapiti Coast are joint supreme winners of the 2014 NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards. Category winners are Wellington’s Cable Car Terminus; public toilets in Eastbourne, Lower Hutt; Auckland’s Milse dessert restaurant; a native wood panelled home in Auckland’s Point Chevalier and the Bougainville Library, in Arawa, Bougainville. The Taieri bach was designed by Regan Johnston of Mason & Wales, Dunedin. 

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$1 million forestry award for building with hi-tech wood

Press Release: Green Party
March 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The Green Party in Government will put $1 million towards the cost of the first 10-storey or higher New Zealand building constructed with structural timber, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today. Structural timber is a relatively new construction technique for tall buildings with much of the technology developed here in New Zealand. These laminated timbers can be used as a smart, green alternative to the concrete and steel currently used for the load-bearing elements in high-rise buildings. 

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Timber firm teams up with renewable specialist to sell “greener” solar panels

Click Green
March 18, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A top timber company has teamed up with a renewable energy specialist to sell the world’s first commercially produced timber solar panel frames. The ground-breaking system means that solar power just got greener according to Ruthin-based Clifford Jones Timber. Now the company have called in green energy specialists Carbon Zero Renewables as global distributors of the new frame which is cheaper to make than conventional galvanised steel, lighter, lasts just as long and has a much smaller carbon footprint.

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Labour’s ‘Pro-Wood’ Policy Inappropriate

By The Cement and Concrete Association
Scoop Independent News
March 19, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Labour’s “pro-wood” government procurement strategy will create an inappropriate commercial advantage for one construction sector over another, according to the New Zealand cement and concrete industries. Announced today by David Cunliffe at the ForestWood conference in Wellington, the policy would mandate that “all government-funded project proposals for new buildings up to four storeys high shall require a build-in-wood option at the initial concept / request-for-proposals stage (with indicative sketches and price estimates).”

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Forestry

Forest scientist terms new Crown policy radical, experimental

Matthew Betts says local extinction of some bird species could be result of loss of mature forest
CBC News
March 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

A New Brunswick-born scientist is calling the Alward government’s change in forest policy a radical change and an experiment with the potential to result in local extinction of some birds and wildlife in the province. The centrepiece of the province’s new forest policy announced last week is to allow a 21 per cent increase in the amount of wood the forest industry can cut on Crown land, with the mature forest in New Brunswick diminishing over time. That is of grave concern to Matthew Betts, who holds a doctorate in forestry from the University of New Brunswick and is now an associate professor in forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University.

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The buzz about Oregon’s retooled sawmills: PolitiFact Oregon readers react

The Oregonian
March 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PolitiFact Oregon readers buzzed about our story examining the claim that ‘most all” Oregon sawmills have retooled in the past 20 years. The claim, contained in a newspaper ad taken out by Seneca Jones Timber Company of Eugene, comes as Congress is considering ways to increase timber-harvest levels from the 2.4 million acres of O&C Lands spread across 18 western Oregon counties. Seneca Jones’ owners readily acknowledged that the ad campaign is intended to show Oregonians that most mills are looking for second- and third-generation logs, rather than larger stands that would guarantee a fight. 

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Brewer High students learn about forestry-related jobs

BDN Maine
March 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BREWER — Amidst the muffled roar and spraying sawdust, Michela Jamison seems quite happy. On an overcast March morning, with the thermometer hovering in the mid-30s, Jamison wields an Oregon chainsaw while cutting maple logs spread behind Brewer High School. Clad in a logger’s helmet and ear muffs, chaps, and steel-toed boots, Jamison uses the chainsaw to measure a length of log, then carefully cuts off a stove-length bolt. “She likes to operate the chainsaw,” comments Mark Savage, who teaches outdoor education at Brewer High. And Jamison is content to do so. 

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Maine Senate OKs bill to arm rangers

BDN Maine
March 18, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would arm the state’s forest rangers, but not before defeating a competing measure that sought to scale back that effort. The Senate voted 24-11 in favor of an amendment to LD 297, which calls for the training of forest rangers so that they may be armed. That vote came after discussion on another amendment, which sought to arm just nine of the state’s rangers — one in each district — was indefinitely postponed by an 18-17 margin. 

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UN forest protection plans could lead to land grabs – report

RTCC.org
March 19, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A UN-led initiative to slow deforestation – including a possible carbon offset market that would pay people not to cut down trees – will fail unless indigenous peoples are given ownership of credits generated from their lands, a new report said today. The report, by a coalition of US green and human rights groups, said host countries had yet to clarify who is the rightful owner of lands that would be protected under a future worldwide forest market, part of a UN initiative also known as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+).

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Amazon Inhales More Carbon than It Emits, NASA Finds

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
March 18, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A new NASA-led study seven years in the making has confirmed that natural forests in the Amazon remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than they emit, therefore reducing global warming. This finding resolves a long-standing debate about a key component of the overall carbon balance of the Amazon basin. The Amazon’s carbon balance is a matter of life and death: living trees take carbon dioxide out of the air as they grow, and dead trees put the greenhouse gas back into the air as they decompose. 

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